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must start within ourselves, in our families, and in our congregation. Each of us,
members of ______________________________, commit ourselves as best we can to
become nonviolent and peaceable people.
Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger,
and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me,
and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To treat the environment and all living things with respect and care.
To promote athletic and recreational activities that encourage cooperation
and to avoid social activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at
home, at work, in the congregation, or in the community, and to stand with others
who are treated unfairly.
"Eliminating violence, one
congregation at a time, starting with our own."
Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 918-2630 --- Fax: (314) 918-2643